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NASA's Launch - Mission STS-116





Arthur Rowe wrote:
> SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
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> NASA's Launch Blog - Mission STS-116
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> *NASA's launch blog was activated on Dec. 9, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. EST*
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> *+ View All Launch Day Videos 
> <http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts116/launch/launch-allvideos.html>* 
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> *+ View First Launch Attempt Blog 
> <http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts116/launch/launch-vlcc_120706.html>* 
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> ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN STANDARD TIMES
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> 7:48 p.m. - The weather officer continues to report that we are 
> "green" on all constraints, meaning the weather is still acceptable 
> for liftoff. The countdown is proceeding as expected and we are on 
> target for launch at 8:47:35 p.m.
>
> 7:47 p.m. - Exactly one hour to go.
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> 7:44 p.m. - T-18 minutes and counting. Commander Mark Polanksy has 
> reported that the transitioning of the back-up computer is complete.
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> 7:42 p.m. - T-20 minutes and counting. There is only one hold 
> remaining, at the T-9 minute mark.
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> 7:38 p.m. - The NASA Test Director is giving the launch team his final 
> instructions for the remainder of tonight's countdown. There are four 
> minutes remaining in the T-20 minute built-in hold.
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> 7:32 p.m. - T-20 minutes and holding. This is a built-in hold lasting 
> 10 minutes. The countdown will resume at 7:42 p.m.
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> 7:30 p.m. - The crew has been informed that their prime transatlantic 
> abort landing site for tonight's launch will be Moron, Spain.
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> 7:25 p.m. - The crew is receiving some instructions to update their 
> flight checklists for launch.
>
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